Bulgarian Patriarch Maxim reposed in the Lord

The Bulgarian Patriarch Maxim reposed in the Lord on 6 November 2012, as  reported by Bulgarian national television. The head of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church had been in hospital in Sophia in the past weeks. On October 28th he celebrated his 98th birthday. Today, on Tuesday, the Holy Synod of Bishops will meet in order to elect the Locum Tenens of the Patriarchal throne until the election of the new Patriarch.

Metropolitan Hilarion meets with Mr. Vuk Jeremić, president of the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly

On 23 October 2012, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, met with Mr. Vuk Jeremić.

President of the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly. He meeting was held in the format of working lunch.

DECR chairman thanked Mr. Jeremić for constructive cooperation with the Russian Orthodox Church when he served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Government of Serbia and wished the diplomat success in his new high post.

Metropolitan Hilarion and Mr. Jeremić discussed a wide range of problems of mutual interest.

Third Episcopal Assembly оf Oceania Communique

The members of the 3rd Episcopal Assembly of the canonical Orthodox Bishops of Oceania welcomed once again the opportunity to meet in Sydney from October 14-15, 2012, under the chairmanship ex officio of His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos of Australia. The Assembly commenced with prayer at the Central Offices of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, Redfern.

Communiqué for Respect of Religious Differences and Cessation of Violence

The Ecumenical Patriarchate expresses profound sorrow as the world has rushed into a confusing and volatile time of religious protests turning violent, and a grievous lack of consideration for religious differences.  When we act disrespectfully and violently in the name of our religious prejudices or our religious beliefs we are undermining our own lives and faith, while creating an atmosphere of anger, hatred, and distrust which unravels the very thread that has woven humanity together since our creation.

Metropolitan Hilarion celebrates at the Russian Monastery on Mount Athos

Metropolitan Hilarion celebrates at the Russian Monastery on Mount Athos
Metropolitan Hilarion celebrates at the Russian Monastery on Mount Athos
Metropolitan Hilarion celebrates at the Russian Monastery on Mount Athos
Metropolitan Hilarion celebrates at the Russian Monastery on Mount Athos

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR), currently on pilgrimage to the Holy Mount Athos, visited the Russian monastery of St. Panteleimon. On 11 October 2012, the commemoration day of St. Chariton the Confessor, and Ss Cyril and Maria of Radonezh, he officiated at the Divine Liturgy in the Church of St. Panteleimon. Concelebrating were Archbishop Feognost of Sergiev Posad, head of the Synodal Department for Monasteries; hieromonk Makarios, father confessor of St. Panteleimon’s monastery; Rev. Kirill Tatarka, secretary of the Hungarian diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church, and hieromonk Stefan (Igumnov), a DECR staff member.